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Yvonne Burke lobbying former colleagues on L.A. County Board of Supervisors

Yvonneburke Yvonne B. Burke, who stepped down as a Los Angeles County supervisor in 2008, has returned to the Hall of Administration as a registered lobbyist.

Burke recently filed paperwork showing that she accepted $10,000 in January to represent East Shore RV Park, a company that leases county land to operate a campground on the banks of Puddingstone Lake near San Dimas.

The company is seeking to expand the camping area into an area with sensitive wildlife habitat, as well as extend the time frame of its lease.

“I’m doing legal work for them,” Burke said in an interview. “I have no intention of registering as a lobbyist to do work for anyone else,” she added later in the interview.

Burke, 77, left office in December 2008 after serving as a county supervisor for 17 years. County rules prohibited her from lobbying county officials for payment during the 12 months following her departure.

Shortly after East Shore RV Park hired Burke in January, she arranged a meeting with officials at the county Parks and Recreation Department and the staff of Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district includes the park, according to Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich.

After the meeting, county officials asked their lawyers to review the feasibility of extending the company’s contract — which expires in eight years — because the campground did not want to otherwise invest in expansion, Bell said.

“I don’t believe it’s a contentious issue; it just requires some thought and legal research,” Bell said.

He said that Burke’s involvement played no role.

“We would meet with them regardless,” Bell said. “It didn’t make any difference.”

East Shore has contributed $1,000 to Antonovich’s campaign account each of the last three years.

Aside from her role as lobbyist, Burke sits on the boards of the Office of Congressional Ethics in Washington and the Beverly Hills Country Club. She recently taught a political science course at USC, and she performs pro bono legal work.

-- Garrett Therolf

Photo: Yvonne Burke served 17 years as a Los Angeles County supervisor. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

Comments () | Archives (7)

Unless you are an idiot. How can anyone be suprised.

Actual relevant political reporting.
Nice to see, keep it up.

The money sucking from taxpayers continues in this third world Democrat bastion of failure. And yet, those that aren't smart enough to move from this welfare city/State, continue to vote Democrat....seen our tax revenues and bond rating lately? Si su puede... suck you dry!

She was such a disaster at her former job that I would oppose anything she was advocating just on general principle...

Mr. Bell, you're either an idiot, liar, or both (think politician). Ms. Burke was $10,000 for her good looks...case closed.

These people never give up. Yvonne B. Burke is 77yrs old. She has nothing else to do with her life. She is money hungry greedy and is still feeding off her political allies and secret business deals of the past. Why doesn't she just go away and play great grandma or do something normal at her age in life. Travel, fish, golf, be normal...... Just get out of LA County. You never lived in your 2nd District anyways.........

There is a name for this, Mercenary. What these politicos were doing while in office illegally...they now can do legally...Guns for hire. Shame...Shame...but thats the how the game is played.


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